Yes it is November and Christmas is still over a month away, but now is the time that the new festive films come out at the cinema. So get in the Christmas spirit by watching the trailers below for the Christmas films due out this year!
Quite obviously as the horror fan amongst the Ushers I had to start off with this! Horror films that take advantage of holidays or iconic dates have resulted in some treats, John Carpenter’s Halloween being a great example, and Krampus looks like it could become a solid Christmas horror. Directed by Michael Dougherty, who also made the great anthology horror Trick ‘R Treat, the film takes place during one families Christmas holiday which isn’t going to smoothly. As tensions flare, one of the young boys gives up on Christmas and as a result summons the wrath of Krampus. Clearly the film is a wonderful blend of horror and comedy, and with a sturdy cast including Toni Collette, Adam Scott and David Koechner we could be in for a holiday treat. Check out the trailer below…
Christmas with the Coopers
Just to be clear this is not a sequel to 2004’s Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen, this is another film entirely that features John Goodman and Diane Keaton amongst others. In what appears to be a much more straightforward Christmas tale than Krampus, Christmas with the Coopers has a grandmother wanting to make the perfect Christmas on the families annual Christmas Eve celebration. The only thing that can get in the way of that are family issues, grandchildren and unexpected visitors. If you’re looking for a Christmas film with a bit of comedy, and a likely heart warming ending then you should look no further than Christmas with the Coopers. Check out the trailer below…
The Night Before
So we have one Christmas horror film, one Christmas family film, and now we have a Christmas comedy to fill out the variety for the year. Isaac (Seth Rogen), Chris (Anthony Mackie) and Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are three lifelong friends who have progressively grown apart over the years as they’ve grown up. For 14 years Christmas Eve is the one night a year they get together, keeping Ethan company after he lost his parents, but this year is going to be the last. With Chris being famous and Isaac having a child they decide to have one last blow out at a big Christmas party to celebrate. Director Jonathan Levine worked with Rogen and Levitt previously on 50/50 which was a great blend of comedy and drama, so hopefully we have another winner here.
David O’Russell returns with his dream team of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for the film Joy. The film follows the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Lawrence and Cooper have worked together twice before with O’Russell on American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, both of which were commercial and critical successes. Much like his previous films Joy looks like a character study, and is likely fodder for award season in the new year. Though it might not strictly be a film about Christmas, there appears to be a festive setting throughout so it qualifies. Watch the trailer below…
So there we have it, 4 new films to watch this Christmas due out at the cinema soon. Any take your fancy?